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VAFI Newsletter N°2 - April 2020

The community for Video Analysis for Investigation, or “VAFI Community”, is a platform meant for facilitating the dialogue and exchanges between all video investigation experts whether they are LEAs, suppliers, researchers or developers. This second VICTORIA  newsletter features news of interest for the VAFI community including  articles, publications, press releases on the topic, institutional reports and more.

Following the previous issue and considering the latest evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, the pressing news regarding the project is the postponement of the VICTORIA final conference which was initially scheduled on 27 and 28 April in the City of Nice in France. New dates will be communicated as soon as possible.

The COVID-19 situation has had other impacts on the VICTORIA project and the partners have been adopting measures to mitigate them, ensuring that all the tasks undertaken could be carried out for a successful completion of the project. In a more general perspective, it is important to emphasise that the fight against COVID-19 depends on  a collective effort for which we are all responsible, not just health professionals. I hope and I believe that we will be able to overcome this obstacle together.

Wishing you all healthy and safe, I hope that you will take an interest in reading this new issue of the VICTORIA project newsletter. All comments and suggestions concerning the VAFI Community are always welcome so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at VICTORIA-arttic@eurtd.com

Take care!

Luc Sonke
VICTORIA Project Coordinator

Scientific, academic papers and patents


Lessons Learned Implementing Video Analytics in a Public Surveillance Network

… Despite challenges, MPD staff also reported that the video analytics benefited the department in several ways … One officer explained  that while  investigating a car crash, he used a new PTZ camera... Despite the distance, the recording was clear and helped the investigation …  More…

SHUKLA, Rochisha, LAWRENCE, Daniel S., et PETERSON, Bryce E. Lessons Learned Implementing Video Analytics in a Public Surveillance Network. 2020.

Feb 2020

E-crime Management System for Future Smart City

“…Architecture of an E-crime management system for future smart city is proposed in this paper. The architecture is divided into four main components: Police Station, Server, Internet and Citizen of smart city. Citizen of smart city can use any type of microcomputer such as: smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop to register a case from online. Specification of server to make it secure and reliable is listed in this paper. Investigation center is equipped with Forensic Services, Artificial intelligence and Analytics module and connected with the main server. All information related to investigation and criminals can be stored in this system for further proceeding. At present, part of the proposed architecture is designed and implemented which is also described in this paper.….”  More…

KAMRUZZAMAN, M. M. E-crime Management System for Future Smart City. In : Data Processing Techniques and Applications for Cyber-Physical Systems (DPTA 2019). Springer, Singapore, 2020. p. 261-271.

Jan 2020

Real-Time Crime Centers in Chicago

“…In this report, we evaluate the processes, organizational structures, and technologies employed in the SDSCs (Strategic Decision Support Centers). We then assess the extent to which the introduction of SDSCs was associated with reductions in crime levels in the districts. We conclude with recommendations to enhance SDSCs in Chicago further, with the recommendations being of interest for RTCCs in general. This study and its results should be of interest to law enforcement agencies interested in RTCCs and in novel, data-driven approaches to reducing crime….”  More…

FAGEL, Michael J., FENNELLY, Lawrence J., et PERRY, Marianna A. The Security Officer of the 21st Century. In : The Professional Protection Officer. Butterworth-Heinemann, 2020. p. 33-39.

Nov 2019

Law enforcement agencies in the age of video investigations (white paper)

“…The potential uses of video in policing are many, but how it is used in practice?….”  More…


Technology watch & Press release

Feb 2020 – http://www.businesswire.com/

Global Law Enforcement Software Market 2020-2024: Need for Effective Communication in Law Enforcement to Boost Market Growth

The law enforcement software market is expected to grow by USD 437.24 million during 2020-2024, according to the latest market research report by Technavio... As per Technavio, the integration of video analytics with law enforcement software will have a positive impact on the market and contribute to its growth significantly over the forecast period. This research report also analyzes other significant trends and market drivers that will influence market growth over 2020-2024. More…

Jan 2020 – securityworldmarket.com

Body worn cameras fuel biometrics growth

Access Control, Body-Worn Cameras (BWC) and surveillance cameras will see the most growth in the biometric market between now and 2024, according to global tech market advisory firm, ABI Research... More…

Dec 2019 – securityworldmarket.com

Interpol facial recognition database leads to arrests in Manila

Interpol’s deployment of a specialised team to the 30th Southeast Asian Games to support law enforcement authorities in Manila has identified over 120 potential threats and led to the arrest of a number of international fugitives.... More…

Oct 2019 – www.policeone.com

Motorola Solutions Enhances Law Enforcement Investigations through Ballistics Analysis and Pattern Crime Intelligence

Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) today announced the addition of ballistics and crime gun intelligence to its software portfolio to bring greater efficiency and speed to law enforcement investigations. The addition is made possible through the powerful combination of Vigilant BallisticSearch™, which provides enhanced ballistics image capture and analysis, and Vigilant CrimeSearch™, a new pattern crime mapping, data retrieval and analysis tool. When deployed together, the two solutions enable law enforcement to connect seemingly disparate crimes to identify patterns, expedite case closures and improve public safety.... More…


Oct 2019 – www.businessinsider.fr

How police are using technology like drones and facial recognition to track people across the US

Facial recognition technology is now sophisticated enough for police to use stationary cameras to perform real-time scans of crowds of people walking through the streets or public squares, with AI searching for potential matches to faces of known suspects... Like facial recognition, video analytics software scans footage and uses artificial intelligence to identify people and objects that could provide clues to law enforcement, like bags, clothes, or cars that could be tied to a suspect… While maintaining networks of cameras is more common among large urban police forces, more than 165 police departments across the US purchased drones in 2016. Police use drones to map cities, hunt down suspects or victims, investigate crime scenes, and monitor traffic… More…


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